Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年) (artist 04/30/1839 – 06/09/1892)

Kurikara Kengorō (倶利加羅剱五郎) from the series Sagas of Beauty and Bravery (Biyū Suikoden - 美勇水滸伝)


7 in x 9.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Kaisai Yoshitoshi ga
Publisher: Ōmiya Kyūjirō (Marks 415 - seal 30-034)
Combined date and aratame censor seal: 8/1867
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Marega Collection, Universita Pontificia Salesiana

Illustrated in color in Japanese Warrior Prints 1646-1905 by James King and Yuriko Iwakiri, p. 340. The text in the book on page 341 reads: "While Fudō Myōō... watches, Kurikara Kengorō - who has prayed to Fudo to give him physical strength - twists a thick piece of bamboo to see if he has been granted his wish. The writing on this work reads in part: 'Kengorō, a peerless strong man, was given his divine power by the Acala God (Kurikara Fudō) at Oyanoi village by the Edo River in Shimonosuke Province."


"The chūban prints from this series were printed two to a block and then cut... The production of the set lasted from 4/1866-4/1867. Once completed, it was issued with an unsigned, undated title page and a contents page that itemised all fifty prints, with the signature Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (picture by Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi) and the name of Kanagaki Robun in the left margin."

Quoted from: Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Freis Collection, page 85. The authors note that there appears to be a later edition where the publisher's seal has been left blank.


There are 8 other images from this series in the Lyon Collection (#s 404, 1076, 1103, 1104, 1155, 1156, 1188 and 1189), plus the frontispiece (#1191) and title page (#1190).


There is another copy of this print in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Ōmiya Kyūjirō (近江屋久次郎) (publisher)
Suikoden (水滸傳) (genre)
warrior prints (musha-e - 武者絵) (genre)
Fudō Myōō (不動明王) (role)